5 Signs you should quit your job & what to do next

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woman holding a box of office supplies with a resignation letterLooking for signs you should quit your job?

This list is a great place to start.

Below you’ll find 5 signs you should quit your job, and #4 is probably one of the most surprising.

This was the same checklist I used, and you may find that several of the signs on this list apply to you.

 

Looking for signs you should quit your job?

Cuz if so, you’re not alone!

Several months ago, I woke up dreading the idea of signing in to work.

Nothing crazy was happening at work.

I wasn’t having any issues with my bosses or coworkers, but the more time passed, the more I felt depressed whenever I even thought about work.

So, the research began. I started looking for signs that it was time to move on from my job.

Do I jump ship or do I stay put and ride it out?

Obvi I didn’t want to make the wrong choice. So I did some introspection and some research and found some pretty good clues that it was time to make my exit (which by the way, I did).

First things first, I had to take a look at why I wanted to quit my job.

That brings me to the first and MOST important point…

 

Why are you looking for signs you should quit your job?

Get clear on why you want to quit your job.

Here’s the danger:

If you’re not 100% sure why you want to leave where you are, you could unintentionally end up somewhere worse than you are now.

That my friend, would obviously suck.

So, whether you’re weighing a career change or just feel like you’ve outgrown you current job, here are some questions you can use to get clear on what you don’t like and what you want from your next opportunity.

Tip: Be honest with yourself as you answer these questions.

Facing the facts can keep you from making a make a move you’ll regret.

 

3 Questions to ask if you want to get clear on what you really want and need:

  1. Why do I want to quit my job?  (This is a stacked question. When you answer the question, take a look at the answer and then ask yourself “why?” again. This can help you move past the surface of how you’re feeling and get clear on what’s really motivating you.)
  2. What, if anything, would need to change in order for me to want to stay at my job? (You may find that what you really want is something that can be negotiated. For example, if salary is your primary issue, learning how to negotiate a raise may be a better option than quitting.)
  3. What are the top 3 things that I need to look out for, so that I don’t end up in another job like the one I’m leaving? (There’s nothing worse than making a huge leap just to end up back in the same place. Once you’re clear on what you want and don’t want, you can use it as a checklist to help you find your next opportunity.)

 

5 Signs you should quit your job

There are many, many signs you should quit your job, but today we’re talking about 5 of them.

1. It’s an emotionally unhealthy place for you

How do you feel when you think of work?

If you’re stressed, anxious, depressed, etc…  then something has to change.

I’ve watched people work in offices where:

❌ The bosses berate and verbally abuse them

❌ They’re expected to work unreasonably long hours to the point of burn-out or exhaustion, or

❌ Their office is full of politics and back-biting

If you’re working in an environment that’s toxic for you, it’s a sign that it may not be a healthy place for you to stay.

High amounts of stress over an extended period of time can physically make you sick.

Jobs like this are probably costing you more than they’re giving you.

2. You’re not learning or increasing your skill set

Your ability to make money is based on your ability to add value to a company or clients.

If you’re at a job that’s not giving you an opportunity to learn, grow, or expand your skill set, it’s negatively impacting your earning potential.

Beyond your current paycheck, your current job should help you prepare for the next level of your career.

If it’s not, then you may find yourself at the same level of your career for a lot longer than you intended.

Personally, I want to maximize my earning potential.

If a job isn’t letting me do that, I’ve gotta make my exit.  ✌️

My future self can’t afford for me to stay stagnant right now.

And I owe it to my future kids and all the folks I want to help, to keep moving forward.

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3. You’re under-payed or undervalued

I recently found out that my work bestie at my former job hadn’t gotten a raise in 1.5 years.

I started working there after him and got 2 raises during that time span ya’ll. TWO.

And, it wasn’t because he didn’t do his job well – he is an ALL STAR. This man even worked weekends without pay for months.

He hadn’t gotten a raise in all that time because he never asked for one.

And ya’ll know that closed mouths don’t get fed.

You’ve got to know your worth and ask for it.

Does the company you work for value you or pay you your worth (use sites like Glassdoor to find the average salary for your position)?

If not, then it could be a sign that it’s time to find companies that will.

BTW, I coached him on how to have that convo with our bosses and within 1 month he’d gotten about a $20k raise. 💰#bagsecured

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4. You literally live for the weekends

I know it’s hard to believe, but not everyone lives for the weekends. 🤯

Growing up watching my parents, I assumed that everyone was either indifferent about or hated their jobs.

I always knew I didn’t wanna live like that and over the past few years I’ve found real proof that it’s possible not to.

Ya’ll I’ve met real live human beings who actually love the work they do.

Like genuinely, they’re inspired by and passionate about their careers.

We’ll get into this in another post, but if the only days you actually enjoy are Saturday and Sunday, then I challenge you to start digging deep to find the kind of work that’ll light you up.

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5. There’s no opportunity for promotion or career growth

If promotion and career growth are something you desire, but can’t get at your current job, it may be time to move on.

I have another friend who’s outperforming everyone on his team at work.

He’s not in a managerial role, but he’s the guy that managers and directors go to when they need help.

The managerial team is always telling him how awesome he’s doing, but their words fall short because they’ve refused to promote him.

He does his particular role so well that it’s more convenient for the Leadership team to have him stay in that role, than to promote him.

You may find yourself in a situation like my friend where the only opportunity to move up is to move on.

And sometimes, you’ve just gotta move on…

 

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Is fear the reason you’re staying? Be honest.

When you go to work every day, you’re investing your time, potential, and talent into that company.

I personally believe that your time is too valuable to spend it at a job that’s not giving you what you want and need in return.

Whether that’s the opportunity to grow, or the chance to do work you love while being paid your worth.

If  you can’t think of a reason to stay in your current job and the only thing holding you back is fear, then that’s a big sign that it’s time to go.

Sometimes you have to “jump” as Steve Harvey says, to find what you really want and to discover what you’re truly made out of.

Challenge yourself to make the career decisions now that your future self will be grateful for.

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Jumping ship without another job lined up?

Feel like you can’t take it anymore and and want to jump ship without another job lined up?

Then you’ll at least need a plan for survival. You should have a game plan and answers to these questions:

 

1. What will you do next?

Have a goal in mind for what you want to accomplish after your 2 weeks are officially over.

I recently quit my job, and I’m using the next 2 months to dive deeper into my online businesses.

Being my own boss is my dream, and I’m committed to learning how to create passive income streams online. So I’m devoting all of my energy into learning and doing as much as I can.

 

2. How will your bills get paid?

Do you have savings or are you dipping into your 401k?

Is your trust fund about to kick in (i’m joking, but if you really do have a trust fund, more power to you. lol)?

Whatever the plan, know how much your monthly bills are and where that money will be coming from.

Being unemployed and broke is a recipe for stress.

 

3. When will you set your alarm for?

So that you don’t overextend yourself, I recommend setting an alarm.

An alarm is a signal you’ll use to determine when it’s time to switch gears and hit plan B.

You know your resources, so make your alarm realistic.

For example, your alarm can be that once your savings gets below a certain threshold, or once a certain amount of time has passed, you know it’s time to pivot.

I’m giving myself until January to start making money online. If I am not making money online (I have a specific $$ amount in mind) by then I’ll get another job and work on my business on the side.

What will your alarm be?

 

The Last Thing You Need to Know about quitting your job

At the end of the day, you have to make a decision that’s right for you.

I hope this list gave you some clarity so you can make a decision you’re comfortable with.

Personally, I never make a decision this big without praying about it.

It gives me the peace and confidence I need to move forward.

So, I’m praying for you ladies. I believe that God can and will open the right door for you – just let Him lead you!

 

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I know that so many of you lovelies want a career and life that’s full of purpose and passion.

So, let’s encourage each other.

Share some advice:

  • How did you know it was time to quit your job?
  • How did that decision work out for you?

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Until next time!

w/ light and love,

 

 

 

xx- Berni

Matthew 5:14 – You are the light of the world. And like a city on a hill that cannot be hidden. 

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